I left for vacation a day or two after the whole Chick-Fil-A/free speech matter arose. I was aware of it, through my minimal contact with the internet, but obviously couldn’t comment upon it. The one goold thing about waiting so long, though, is that others provide the perfect commentary. In this case, the “other” providing commentary is Bob Owen:
Clearly, this is more than a “buycott” over gay marriage. If the smattering of people I’ve talked to are representative, homosexuality is a side issue.
This strikes a much deeper, more foundational chord.
The massive crowd reaction locally and nationwide are driven by a loathing of arrogant politicians like those in Boston, New York, Chicago and San Francisco who feel they have the power and the authority to tell a businessman like Dan Cathy what personal opinions he can and cannot hold if he wants to do business in “their” towns.
They trampled on his religious beliefs. They trampled on his freedom of speech. They attempted to deny him and his franchisees the rights to start small businesses, merely because a free American dared to share what he believed.
Be sure to read the whole thing.